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Lots to do between now and the Fourth

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Several Fourth of July festivities are planned for the area over the coming days, kicking off Saturday with the Denver Area Business Association’s 12th annual fireworks festival. Taking place at East Lincoln High School, the event will begin with a “Battle of the Bands” at 5…

County splits 3-2 to pass budget with pay hike

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer A new spending plan for Lincoln County is in place following a split vote by the Board of Commissioners Thursday night. The board voted 3-2, with commissioners George Arena and Carrol Mitchem in opposition, to approve the fiscal year 2012-2013 budget, which had been modified during…

Kids get nutritional look at food from farm to table

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer When taking a bite into a sandwich, often over-looked are the various steps it took to get that tomato – the process of planting, caring for and harvesting that tomato before it was able to be put on a salad or sold in local markets. Lincoln…

N.C. reacts as high court rules on health care

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5-4 decision upholds law Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON (AP) — Obamacare lives. And in North Carolina, some health experts and politicians voiced strong opinions about what the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling to uphold the controversial health care law will mean. Derided by Republicans as intrusive, costly “Obamacare,” the…

24 more teacher positions slated for local schools

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Funding depends on final approval of state budget AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Lincoln County may see additional teaching positions next year, according to some of the changes in the proposed state education budget for the upcoming 2012-2013 school year that were presented at Monday night’s Budget and Finance Committee meeting.…

County set to approve its budget at Thurs. sesssion

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Lincoln County’s budget for the next fiscal year is expected to receive a final vote Thursday night, as members of the Board of Commissioners meet to take action on the proposed spending plan. Having previously met for a couple of special work sessions, the board has…

Good Neighbor Shop mural just latest restoration project

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Images of the past have started to reappear on buildings in downtown Lincolnton, thanks to a collaborative effort from various agencies and the artistic capabilities of Clive Haynes. Haynes, a resident of Forest City, is finishing up a mural of an old Pepsi ad this…

Mashing monsters at West Lincoln Library

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Uncertainty about virtual charter schools

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Most school officials hope courts will block online classes; others see no problem   AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Lincoln County Board of Education members hope courts will act to block a new virtual charter school from competing with them for students and funding on what they believe will be…

Easier to qualify for reduced price lunch

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Changes in the free and reduced lunch program in the state may save parents time and money, and could  make the process more private and efficient with the addition of new features. The income-level brackets that spell out how much families are allowed to…